Real Madrid are targeting Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech as a replacement for current number one Iker Casillas. It’s not going to happen.
Widespread reports from online media sources have suggested that Jose Mourinho will target his former goalkeeper Petr Cech at Chelsea to become Real Madrid’s new number one after falling out with Iker Casillas.
Casillas has been routinely snubbed by Mourinho in recent Real Madrid matches which has led to many sources casting the net for possible replaces with the Czech international’s name the most common.
He is certainly good enough to replace Casillas at the Bernabeau but it is the strength and solidity of these rumours which is questionable.
For Cech to even contemplate a move away from Chelsea, he would have to be going to a side where his position as the goalkeeper is undoubted.
There is very little chance that Casillas will be sold by Real Madrid and his recent omissions by Mourinho appear to be nothing more than mind games. Mourinho is not naïve enough to leave Casillas out for the rest of the season.
Mourinho has enough experience to know that he cannot majorly unsettle one of Real’s best and most popular players without risking the wrath of the rest of the squad and a large section of the club’s current support base. He’s teaching him a quick lesson, nothing more, nothing less.
The only other instance where Cech would debate over a move to Real Madrid is if Casillas decides to retire but at only 31-years-old this seems as likely as Wayne Rooney deciding to leave Manchester United for Liverpool.
The other fact which plays down these rumours is Cech’s position at Chelsea. His authority and place as goalkeeper are undoubted and he will want to stay with the club beyond this season, as the club are due to appoint a new long term manager in the summer.
If that manager is a high profile, and basically competent coach, they will not let Cech leave in a million years because Chelsea can’t get their hands on a better goalkeeper in terms of Premier League experience and quality.
Real Madrid would be unlikely to pay the transfer fee that Chelsea would set for such an important player and the personal terms in any contract are unlikely to be any different.
Casillas will be back in the Real Madrid team by the end of this month and it will be business as usual.
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